Exhibition tour:
2013 Nagasaki (Japan)
2012 Shibuya; Hiroshima; Tottori; Fukushima (Japan)
2011 Kita-kyusyu; Fukui; Itabashi; Ishikawa (Japan)
2010 Chiba; Fukui (Japan)
2009 HongKong
2006 Poland
2005 Yamaguchi; Takeo, Saga (Japan)
2004 Mexico; Shanghai; Akashi

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A DAY (Rhythms of life)

MeSci (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)

Time! Time! Time! exhibition (2003)

An installation about circadian cycles, “A DAY (Rhythms of life)” was produced for the Time! Time! Time! exhibition held 2003/3/19-6/30 at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.


Planning-stage sketch

With the energy it receives from the Sun, our world lives and breathes.
This world runs on a 24-hour cycle: night and day, repeating ceaselessly, day after day.

This exhibit takes as a theme one of the almighty biological clocks: the circadian cycle, and is composed of 11 videos ranging from the Sun and tides, to the weather, bacteria, plants, insects, animals, the human body, and city life.

Eleven fast-motion videos, in which one day has been compressed into 96-seconds, play simultaneously, side by side. A space that provides a glimpse at cross sections of our world as they proceed in parallel: wildflowers in the fields begin to blossom, as children run about a school ground before the morning bell; and the ocean reaches high tide, as lights go on in apartment windows…

Held 2003/3/19 – 6/30
Organized by MeSci (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Supervisory assistance: Kenji Tomioka (Okayama University), Shinichi Inoue (Yamaguchi University)
Planning/direction: Yoshiaki Nishimura (Living World)
Design collaboration: Tariho Fujimoto (Living World)

Filming assistance: Kiyuna Farm (Ogimi, Okinawa); Tamagawa University, Faculty of Agriculture, Entomology lab; Izumi Elementary School (Suginami, Tokyo); Masae Shirasaki
Data: Takao Kondo (Nagoya University), Kuniaki Otsuka (Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Medical Center East)
System production: GK Tech (Ryuichi Iwamasa, Takahiro Shinkai, Masamitsu Yamawaki)
Editorial assistance: Yasunobu Kasuga (O:g)
Sound design: Kyo Ichinose

English translation: Pamela Miki
Installation design support: Musegram (Kimie Matsumura, Jotaro Shibuya)
Display construction: Nomura Co., Ltd.

Special thanks to Masami Sasaki, Masao Ono, Akira Hiratsuka, the Sakura Mansion superintendent, Haruka Yazaki, Kyoko Matsuda, Hitoshi Takahashi, Yuichi Inomata, Kazunori Fujimoto, Mariko Takahashi, By the Sea, Tenkachaya, Takuya Shimada, Maholo Uchida, Asyl Design


Installation view at the MeSci Time! Time! Time! exhibition, where we used three video projectors to create a seamless band of frames.


9:25am: Soccer goals are carried out onto the pitch.


2:25am: Around the same time women’s blood pressures begin to nosedive, a llama at a ranch in Okinawa takes a stroll. Does he not have a sense of night and day? (The diurnal rhythms of domestic animals are actually closer to those of man).


The turntable on the console rotates in sync with the projections. One revolution covers one day, repeating thereafter. As an interactive feature, rotating the turntable by hand gives rise to scratch, reverse-play and fast-forwarded sound and imagery.


Visitors watching the repetitions of “a day” in the life of eleven different phenomena.


A young boy, on his own, remains mesmerized for minutes on end.


A couple, eyes fixed to the screen, as they manipulate the turntable.


The console also features brief commentaries on the imagery.


Professor Kenji Tomioka, a researcher of biological clocks, conducting a gallery tour. The exhibition was held from 19 March to 30 June 2003, and during the latter half, Living World visited Keio Gijuku Yochisha Primary School and conducted the workshop Time looking glass , and idea that stemmed from the production of A DAY.

thumbnail image In this time: 100 stars cease to shine

Sandglass that marks the stars’ demise
8,000 JPY

thumbnail image In this time

Conveys not one minute or three, but another sense of time

thumbnail image If I was a bee

I am pollen when I carry pollen from flower to flower.

thumbnail image workshop: Time looking glass

Our visit to a third grade classroom at Keio Gijuku Yochisha Primary School